Prerequisite for Courses in Psychology
The most common way of preparing for further work in psychology is to take PSYC 001: Introduction to Psychology.
An alternative entry point is PSYC 006: First Year Seminar: Happiness or PSYC 007 First Year Seminar: Early Social Cognition.
A student may also meet the pre-requisite with a grade of AP5 on the psychology Advanced Placement test. In this case, an entering student should seek guidance from the department chair or academic coordinator about selection of a first psychology course. (Swarthmore credit is not granted for AP work in psychology.)
Other Course Prerequisites
Some psychology courses have additional prerequisites; these are listed in the course catalog and below:
|025: Research Design and Analysis||Stat 011 previously or concurrently|
|029 Practical Wisdom||1 from a range of courses in Political Science or Philosophy|
|046 Psychology and Economic Rationality||PSYC 001 and ECON 001, by application
|050 Developmental Psychopathology||001 and either 038, 039 or permission|
|055 Family Systems Theory and Psychological Change||either 037, 038, 039 or permission|
|057 Psychology of Prejudice, Stereotyping, and Intergroup Relations
||035 and instructor's permission|
|090 Practicum in Clinical Psychology||instructor's permission, by application|
|091 Advanced Topics in Behavioral Neuroscience||030 or instructor's permission|
|130 Physiological Psychology seminar||030 and instructor's permission|
|133 Perception, Cognition and the Embodied Mind||032 or 033 and instructor's permission|
|134 Psycholinguistics seminar||034 or equiv. prep. and instructor's permission|
|135 Social Psychology seminar||035 and instructor's permission|
|136 Thinking, Judgment, Decision Making||036 and instructor's permission|
|138 Clinical Psychology seminar||038 and instructor's permission|
|139 Developmental Psychology seminar||039 and instructor's permission|
Enrollment in seminars
Enrollment in seminars ordinarily is open to all students who meet the entrance requirements set by the instructor and have an average of high B or better, whether or not those students are participating in the Honors program. Enrollment in seminars is open only to students who have previously taken the corresponding 30s-level course.
The Psychology Department encourages qualified students in Course to consider taking honors seminars in the subjects for which they have appropriate preparation. Seminars in the department entail advanced work built upon a core course. These seminars are 1 credit and involve amounts of work similar to a course. Any student interested in taking an honors seminar should consult the instructor.